I live in San Diego North County. My neighbor is going to cut down his 25
year old Nerium Oleander Hedge (Sister Agnes). He said there is a scorched
leaf disease that kills all Oleander shrubs. He is doing this on the advice
of his landscaper - who is biased, of course, because it means several
thousand dollars worth of business for him.
I was just going to plant another 15 Oleanders as a hedge.
Without sensation mongering by the media, just how much of a real threat is
this disease? All nurseries are selling Oleanders like crazy. There are many
thousand of miles of Oleanders on the median strips of Southern California
Would be nice to get an HONEST status report on what is going on.
Plant or not to plant, that is the question.
P.S. If it is a really bad idea to plant oleanders, what could be recommend
a replacement: Blooms all summer, drought resistant, minimum ten feet tall,
nice looking, fast growing.
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